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Only Born

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Key Phrases:

Responsible - yet can also be spoiled; Perfectionist; Setting high standards;

Ambitious; Most likely to take on the same personal values of the parents;

Many enjoy being the center of attention; Overly protected.


*Note: Only children often carry the characteristics of both First Borns and Last Borns.

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Only Born Theory:

Only children, as well as those who grew up with siblings significantly older or younger (by five years or more), tend to exhibit an amalgamation of the traits associated with both firstborns and lastborns. They blend the firstborn's responsibility and perfectionism with the lastborn's creativity and charm. These individuals, having grown up without sibling interference, often adopt their parents’ viewpoints and political stances, and their constant interaction with adults hones their leadership capabilities, self-reliance, and comfort with authority.

While only children are known for their ambition and self-confidence, they may also face the double-edged sword of perfectionism. This can lead to procrastination and unrealistic self-expectations, creating anxiety and a propensity to be overly compliant. However, by embracing a balanced perspective and cultivating self-awareness, only children can overcome these challenges and thrive.

Male Only Children:

Male only children typically develop a strong sense of independence and self-assuredness. Their interactions with adults, often in place of peer engagements, endow them with advanced communication skills and an understanding of nuanced social dynamics. These men are known for their leadership tendencies and creative insights, although they might struggle with the pressure to meet high expectations. Recognizing their intrinsic worth apart from achievement allows them to mature into well-adjusted individuals.

Female Only Children:

Female only children benefit from undivided parental focus, which can foster advanced communication skills, self-motivation, and organizational capabilities. Their upbringing, while nurturing, may place them under intense scrutiny, cultivating a mix of confidence and perfectionism. As they grow, these women have the potential to temper their strong leadership skills with emotional intelligence, enabling them to navigate both personal and professional realms with grace and competency.

*To a Female Only, parents are their whole world for much of their youth. NEVER criticize her parents in front of her; she may constantly complain about her parents, but that is her right, her arena, and not anyone else's.

Romantic Compatibility:

In relationships, only children's versatile traits make them compatible with a range of partners, including both older and younger archetypes. They can harmonize with the assertiveness of firstborns and the accommodating nature of later-born partners, leading to dynamic and balanced romantic connections.

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Their Best Matches:

Last Born

Middle Child

First Born


Their Worst Matches:



Famous Only Borns depicted below:

Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Idris Elba, Jack Nicholson, The Weeknd, Drew Barrymore

Elton John, Selena Gomez, Lenny Kravitz, Adele, Betty White, Shia LaBeouf

Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Radcliffe, Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, Charlize Theron, Robin Williams

a collage of famous only children


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Betty Baker M.A. Psych, M.Ed

About the Author

Betty Baker is an awarded marriage and family therapist and contributor to the internationally renowned PeaceBuilders® Program - a science-based, research-validated violence prevention curriculum and professional development program for children, grades pre-K to 12.